St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

Vatican City (like the rest of Italy) is incredibly accessible and aware. It is also free to disabled people. Lois and I bought tickets online several weeks before our visit, which is the best way to avoid the entrance queues. Anyway when we arrived, they promptly sent us to the front of the queue’s, refunded our tickets, and gave us complimentary tickets. You can easily spend several days in the museum’s alone; there is simply so much too see, from Egyptian mummies, to frescos, artwork and astonishing statues. The highlights of the museum’s themselves being of course the Sistine Chapel. Alas, I do not have any photos of the Chapel because they asked us to refrain from taking pics inside, which I respected.

I was however allowed to take pictures inside St Peter’s Basicalica, so here are a few highlights.

St Peter's Basicalica - the dome from the outside

The outside of one of the most beautiful dome’s in the world.

St Peter's Basicalica - the Dome

The dome from the inside of St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, designed by Michelangelo. Although he died before it was complete.

St Peter's Basicalica - detail

Detail of the artwork and architecture. The writing is over 7 feet tall.

St Peter's Basicalica - detail

More detail

Michelangelo's Pieta

Finally, Michelangelo’s Pieta. The Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus.

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